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Sponsored: Rain, Rain, Go Away

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Mother Nature has provided more than enough of those this season.

Fields across the Midwest have been flooded and tractors put on standby as farmers across the Corn Belt waited out torrential rains and wet fields over the last few weeks. Some fields however, fared better than others. Their secret you ask? Well water management of course!

In 2016, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® began their water management study at their Southern Illinois PFR site in Effingham. The purpose of this study was to determine the yield differences between control fields and those that were outfitted with different management systems, including tile (spaced at 15, 30 and 60 ft. and at two depths of 24 and 36 in.), drip-irrigation, and sub-irrigation which included sensor-based sub-irrigation, a controlled water table, tile drainage, and manual sub-irrigation.

In 2016, all water management systems provided significant yield increases over the control, as well as visual advantages. During wet times of the season, portions of the field with one of the water management systems experienced quicker drying soils and saw increased uniform plant stands and improved plant health. Between the different systems tested, the average yield advantages ranged from 46.6 Bu./A. to 58.2 Bu./A. over the control.

With all the rain we have experienced this season, we expect the yield advantages to be just as promising. Beck’s SIL PFR site received 7.25 in. of rain over the course of a week earlier this month. Check out this video to learn more about the improvements that have been made to the water management study for 2017 and how effective they have been in managing these intense rains.

To view the results of the 2016 water management studies, click the links below.


Beck’s PFR is the largest source of unbiased, cutting-edge agronomic information in the industry. More than 110 different studies were conducted in 2016, comparing over 150 products across multiple locations to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. In evaluating agronomic practices and input products, not comparing seed products, Beck’s PFR aims to help farmers maximize their input dollars and increase their bottom line. To view more studies from the 2016 PFR book, click here .

Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is a registered trademark of Beck’s Superior Hybrids Inc

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